cCWCS: Using the climate debate to revitalize general chemistry

Using the climate debate to revitalize general chemistry

Charlotte, NC – June, 2014

  • Presentation (pdf)
  • Day 1 Handouts:  Big Idea & Goals (pdf)
    • Goal Posters (html)
  • Day 2 Handouts:  Activities & Assessment (pdf)
  • Day 3 Handouts:  Reflection & Resources (pdf)


General Course Design

  • Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by Design (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Designing Effective and Innovative Courses. On the Cutting Edge – Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty (html)
  • SENCER Model Courses – (html)
  • Chemistry & Climate Course Blog – (html)
  • Teaching Naked (html)
  • Nilson, L. B. (2007). The graphic syllabus and the outcomes map: Communicating your course. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • The Teaching Professor Newsletter (html)
  • Teaching What You Don’t Know – Harvard University Press (html)

Making the case for Active Learning

  • Gollub, J. P., Bertenthal, M. W., Labov, J. B., & Curtis, P. C. (2002). Learning and understanding: Improving advanced study of mathematics and science in US high schools. National Academy Press. (html)
  • Olson, S., & Riordan, D. G. (2012). Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Report to the President. Executive Office of the President. (pdf)
  • Vygotsky ‘s Zone of proximal development (html)
  • Georgia College Chemistry Program Goals (pdf)
  • Roots of STEM @ UNCC – longitudinal study (html)
  • “What to expect” Letter for students – sent to students in chemistry and climate (html)
  • “Don’t Lecture Me” – podcast from American Radioworks explaining the benefits of an active learning classroom using research and student interviews (html).

Big Idea

  • World Water Monitoring Challenge Website (html) | Article (html)
  • 12 principles of green chemistry (html)
  • Chemistry in Context: Chemistry in Society – a thematic general chemistry textbook developed by ACS (html)
  • Chemistry: the Science in Context – a textbook published by Norton similar to the ACS text but with more advanced chemical concepts (html)
  • Investigating Chemistry: Introductory Chemistry From A Forensic Science Perspective – a textbook that uses forensics as a theme for general chemistry (html)

Goals (or Outcomes)

  • Critical Thinking Wheel by (html)
  • Interactive revised bloom’s taxonomy (html)



  • Angelo, T. A., & Cross, K. P. (1993). Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers.
  • University of Hawaii Manoa Assessment Site (html)
  • Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG) Survey (html)
  • AAC&U Value Rubrics (html)
  • Strengths-Insight-Improvement (SII) Feedback Technique (html)
  • Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide (html)
  • Scientific Poster Evaluation Rubric (pdf)
  • Julia’s Rubric Library (html)

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